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NORTH NORTHUMBERLAND COAST
A capacity crowd of folk from Bamburgh, Beadnell and Seahouses assembled in the Sports and Community Centre at Seahouses for the public launch event for the joint-villages' Neighbourhood Plan on January 21st. The statutory basis and purpose were explained by County Councillor John Woodman. Matters of detail were suggested by the Principal Planner of the Council staff, David English.
But keeping talk to a minimum, a principal purpose of the evening was to invite views, comments, suggestions and offers of help from residents. Maps and photos were supplemented with quiz-sheets for those reactions to be recorded and analysed as the next stage in the process of developing the Plan. Progress can be followed on the blog which includes an email contact too.
SEAHOUSES WEATHER 2013
That was a pretty average year, that was - statistically, over-all! We endured an incredible March, with days a whole 3½°C colder than usual (actually 3.48° if you're fussy), half a degree colder than our February days had been. April and May were much better of course, but they still didn't warm up to normal levels. June was pretty average. Then came our real summer: July averaged 22.68°, 2.64° above average, while August with 20.16° days was a more modest 1.19° higher than normal. September was unremarkable but October gave us nearly a half-degree bonus. Finally, December was 2¼°C milder than normal. All that gave an over-all year just 0.05 of a degree milder than the average - no significant Seahouses warming then.
Perhaps the storms were more noticeable, producing dramatic but mostly fleeting images of potential destruction. Less transient were the shore effects. It is mentioned on other pages that sand dune fronts are subject to phases of both accretion and erosion: the gale and storm surge of December the 5th accelerated the erosion already evident, particularly along our south beach.
CHURCH REMODELLING COMPLETED
The Festive Season 2013 was particularly Festive in respect of Seahouses Methodist Church. Thanks to a generous bequest from the estate of two ladies it had proved possible to carry out major remodelling of many parts of the church, particularly at the Main Street entrance end. Most obvious and most noteworthy was the total redesign of the doors and windows. Out went the heavy, unwelcoming wooden doors and the big plain window. In their place came FIVE GLASS doors; an extra plain window matching the extra ramp-access door; and the installation of a huge sunshine-and-fishery stained glass window designed for the Church, designed for Seahouses. Improved facilities were also added inside the entrance, involving moving the main wall! The refurbished Church was taken back into use on the last Sunday before Christmas, the 22nd of December 2013.
SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL
FOR SALE AROUND THE VILLAGE
For the first time ever, so far as we can learn, there is now a purpose-designed SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL. Rather larger than your average kitchen accessory, it measures 20" wide and 30" long. Photographic images show a boat trip "To the Farne Islands and Holy Island"; "North Beach"; "Thrift"; "Busy harbour in the centre of the village"; "Orchid"; "Smoke-house kippers"; "Fresh sea food" lobster; "Angler boat"; "Countryside too" across farmland to the Cheviots; "Beach rides"; "South beach"; "Railway walk"; and "RNLB Grace Darling".
Stockists include Drift and Polka Dot in the Main Street centre of the village; Charlie's further inland past the roundabout; Swallow Fish in South Street just off the Coast Walk route; and the Tourist Information Centre on the main car park. The concensus indicates a retail price of £4.99 each.
GOLF BALL RECYCLING in aid of R N L I Lifeboats:
The Resource Centre, 62 Main Street, Seahouses.
All contributors and purchasers welcome!
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